The Cardinals have lost 7 of their last 10 and haven’t been able to score many runs as of late. St. Louis has scored just 7 runs in their last 5 games and were shut out in 3 of them.
Rookies such as Brendan Donovan, Nolan Gorman, and Matthew Liberatore have all slowed down production a bit, but have still been solid.
The Cards were able to win yesterday against the Phillies, 4-3, and are now looking to tie the 4-game series tonight. Check out what I think needs to happen tonight in order for them to win.
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The Cardinals Offense Has Slowed Down at the Top of the Order
First of all, getting shut out in 3 out of 5 games this past week is extremely embarrassing. Oli Marmol has switched up the order so many times this year, but nothing seemed to click these past few games.
Potential MVP Paul Goldschmidt has slowed down his production a bit as he has just 2 extra-base hits in the last 5 games. Nolan Arenado also hasn’t been hitting for power with his last home run coming on Sunday Night Baseball last week.
Hall of Famer Albert Pujols had himself a day yesterday with three hits and his 684th bomb in the 6th inning. Juan Yepez, who Pujols has been mentoring, has not been able to get in a groove as he has just 1 hit in 5 games.
St. Louis’s Pitchers Have Not Been Very Consistent
The Cardinal’s pitchers have been actually really solid. They just haven’t been as consistent as the Cards coaching staff would like. They are still missing ace Jack Flaherty, which has hurt their rotation.
Adam Wainwright has been incredible this season as he almost had a shutout on Saturday afternoon, allowing just 2 runs in the 9th. Miles Mikolas had a decent on Wednesday as he went 6 innings with 3 runs.
Dakota Hudson, Andre Pallante, and Matthew Liberatore round out the rotation as of now and they all have respectable ERAs, it’s just that the Cardinals haven’t given them any run support.
Hopefully, that changes tonight and the Cards are able to get the bats going early against Aaron Nola.
Can the Cardinals Turn it Around as They Head Into the All-Star Break?
The answer is yes, they can, as long as the bats get going. I have complete faith in Goldschmidt and Arenado to bounce back from a tough stretch, but its the rest of the guys such as Tommy Edman, Gorman, and Dylan Carlson I worry about.
They will have a game against the Phillies tonight they need to win, then an extremely tough stretch against the Los Angeles Dodgers at home. They’ll finish the first half of the season against the Reds over the weekend.
We’ll see what St. Louis can do to try and take the NL Central lead from the Brewers!